blow·​hard | \ ˈblō-ˌhärd How to pronounce blowhard (audio) \
plural blowhards

Definition of blowhard

: an arrogantly and pompously boastful or opinionated person : braggart, windbag … was trapped in a hellish marriage to … a struttingly insensitive macho blowhard.— Owen Gleiberman But he was seen by many in Congress as a blowhard, given to long-winded talks bristling with allusions to the Bible, ancient history, and the Constitution.— Thomas E. Ricks

Examples of blowhard in a Sentence

a politician who is the stereotypical backslapping blowhard a blowhard who always had to act like she was better than anyone else
Recent Examples on the Web His actions bespeak a prime-time TV blowhard who understands how objectionable his rhetoric has become. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 That’s the argument, anyway—and it’s advanced by athletes, coaches, cable-news pundits, blowhard musicians, and more. Jason Feifer, Men's Health, 30 Apr. 2022 The man’s an oblivious, ignorant, overconfident blowhard. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 2 Mar. 2022 Stan plays the character as an entitled blowhard who ignites Gauthier’s class fury and masculine jealousy. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 Jesse, a hedonist blowhard who’s mulling a takeover; Kelvin (Adam Devine), an earnest youth minister; and Judy (the incredible Edi Patterson), the lone daughter, undervalued by Eli because of her gender. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 In the Czech Republic the right-wing blowhard Prime Minister Andrej Babis recently lost narrowly against a coalition of center-left and center-right parties. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 15 Oct. 2021 An ambitious, boastful, obnoxious blowhard takes a totally unnecessary swipe at Jaimie Lannister, a knight whose sword hand was amputated. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 While Jean sees himself as a courageous soldier who dares to criticize powerful lords, Jacques sees him as an imprudent blowhard who barges into action without thinking. David Sims, The Atlantic, 13 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of blowhard

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Blowhard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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